Monday, 21 August 2017

Ivana Kindl, Croatia’s Fergie


In her relatively short career, Ivana Kindl has performed a fair number of pop and R’n’B songs, becoming a true star on the local scene – if her constant presence in Croatian media could be used as a measure of her popularity.

Influenced by American soul and post-Yugoslavian pop, she has created a locally-spiced sound. Despite that, local audiences accept her reluctantly – though many like her music, others make fun of her appearance. Compared to the voluptuous, leopard-print-clad beauties of the turbo-folk scene, which set local standards, her style is considered as not feminine enough.

Ivana Kindl’s appearances at jazz and swing concerts are getting more frequent, though they are still largely limited to Croatia. So, on your next trip to Zagreb or the Croatian Adriatic, look for posters announcing her concerts.




The Truffle Rush

The Istria Peninsula in Northern Croatia is the Klondike of the culinary world. Every October, among the Motovun forests near the Livade village and along the banks of the Mirna River, there are swarming hoards of people and dogs – some sources claim as many as 15,000.
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Curiosity Chest

Croatia Artists' "Broken Relationships" Exhibit to Be Displayed in Zagreb

The exhibition "The Museum of Broken Relationships," initiated by two Croatian artists and showcasing people's remnants of their past relationships, quickly became a global attraction. It is now looking for a permanent home in Zagreb. Full Story

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia Boast Three of the World’s Best Music Festivals

There is nothing like an open-air music festival to celebrate the warm temperatures, the holiday mood and the overall excitement of summer. Until not too long ago, such events were mostly unheard of in the Balkans, their citizens’ left largely out of the loop and faced with long trips to Western Europe or North America if they wished to partake in the festivities and see world-renowned music performances. Full Story